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my daughter was arrested for shoplifting she is 20 and pleaded

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my daughter was arrested for shoplifting she is 20 and pleaded not guilty our court date is Thursday do I need to bring a lawyer with us. she just told me about this

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Assuming that your daughter does not have a criminal record, i would absolutely suggest getting a lawyer. The reason is that to go from a clean record to a "blemished" one is a very big step. It impacts job applications, loan applications, apartment applications, etc... It's something that will follow her the rest of her life and have a big impact on it. Putting any amount of money into it now before a conviction would be worth it.

ScottyMacEsq :

Now if she already has a record, then an additional blemish on an already blemished record is not going to be that big of a deal, and an attorney is not as useful in such a situation.

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But getting an attorney for a first offense situation to try to work out a deal for "deferred prosecution" or "deferred adjudication", etc... even if not successful, would be a risk worth taking.

ScottyMacEsq :

I would suggest finding a criminal attorney that has a physical office located within walking distance of the courthouse. That means that it's a lawyer that does this all the time, probably knows the judge and prosecutors, etc... and would be better able to work out a deal.

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Hope that clears things up a bit. If you have any other questions, please let me know. If not, and you have not yet, please rate my answer AND press the "submit" button, if applicable. Please note that I don't get any credit for my answer unless and until you rate it a 3, 4, 5 (good or better). Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX luck to you!

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thank you for your help and I will take your advice

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My pleasure.If you have any other questions, please let me know. If not, and you have not yet, please rate my answer AND press the "submit" button, if applicable. Please note that I don't get any credit for my answer unless and until you rate it a 3, 4, 5 (good or better). Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX good luck to you!

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